International Studies students

International Studies (B.A.)

The International Studies major is a multi-disciplinary program that prepares students to be leaders in an increasingly interdependent global community. Students take courses in politics, literature, art, business, communication, and other comparative disciplines to examine the ways in which cultural forces take shape and interact.

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The International Studies major is a multi-disciplinary program that prepares students to be leaders in an increasingly interdependent global community. Students take courses in a range of disciplines to examine the ways in which global forces – cultural, economic, political, etc. - take shape and interact. They investigate the reasons and means by which nations in the 21st century must now cooperate and compromise on issues such as international security, the environment, cyber-crime, economic policies, and humanitarian aid. All International Studies majors supplement their academic work with at least four semesters of language study and a minimum of one semester spent studying overseas.  

Endicott's association study abroad sites in over 20 countries throughout the world provides International Studies majors with many opportunities to immerse themselves in cross-cultural experiences. Upon graduation, they have a unique awareness of the critical issues facing nations today and informed insights into what they might be able to do to truly make a difference.

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 125-126


Freshman - Credits: 32-33

  • Foreign Language    (Cr: 6)
  • Global Issues General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Individual and Society General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Politics Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Science and Technology General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3-4)
ENG 101 - College Writing Seminar (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Writing Designated Requirement
INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
IST 100 - Introduction to International Studies (Cr: 3)
LST 100 - Seminar in Academic Inquiry (Cr: 3)

Sophomore - Credits: 32

(Recommended Study Abroad one Semester)

  • Art, Literature, and Culture Elective    (Cr: 3) 
  • Electives    (Cr :9)
  • Foreign Language    (Cr: 6)
  • History Elective    (Cr: 3) 
ENG 313 - World Literature (Cr: 3)
INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
IST 315 - Intercultural Communication (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the World Cultures General Education requirement
IST 325 - World Geography (Cr: 3)

Junior - Credits: 31

  • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Values & Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • World Cultures General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Economics Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • Philosophy/Religion Elective  (Cr: 3)
  • Electives    (Cr: 9)
IST 379 - Semester Internship Strategies (Cr: 1)
LST 302 - Methods of Inquiry in the Humanities (Cr: 3)
Satisfies Writing Designated Requirement

Senior - Credits: 30

  • General Education Electives    (Cr: 12)
    (two must be above the 100 level)
IST 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
IST 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
IST 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

International Studies Major Requirements

To meet the International Studies major's requirements in Politics; Art, Literature, and Culture; Economics; Philosophy and Religion; and History, students must choose one course from each of the following lists.

Art, Literature and Culture


ART 101 - Visual Art and Cultural Values I: Prehistory to c. 1310 (Cr: 3)
ART 102 - Visual Art and Cultural Values II: Early Fourteenth Century to the Present (Cr: 3)
ENG 213 - British Literature I (Cr: 3)
ENG 214 - British Literature II (Cr: 3)
ENG 260 - Gothic Literature (Cr: 3)
ENG 321 - Literary Triumvirates (Cr: 3)
ENG 361 - Victorian Secrets: Fear and Hypocrisy in Victorian Literature (Cr: 3)
ENG 367 - Eastern Literature and Haiku (Cr: 3)
HMS 387 - Costa Rican Culture and Community Service Project (Cr: 3)
POL 325 - Music and the State (Cr: 3)
SP 205 - Cultural Introduction to Spain (Offered in Spain) (Cr: 3)
SP 310 - The Cinema of Spain (Offered in Spain) (Cr: 3)
SP 322 - Latin American Short Fiction (Cr: 3)
SP 331 - Cinema of Latin America (Cr: 3)
SP 410 - Spanish Literature & Performing Arts (Offered in Spain) (Cr: 3)
SP 420 - Modern Spanish Novel (Offered in Spain) (Cr: 3)



BUS 303 - International Business (Cr: 3)
HST 310 - Economies and Peoples (Cr: 3)
IST 215 - The New Europe (Cr: 3)
IST 280 - Global Political Economy (Cr: 3)



HST 110 - World History I (Cr: 3)
HST 111 - World History II (Cr: 3)
HST 218 - Topics in World History (Cr: 3)
HST 245 - The History of Modern China (Cr: 3)
HST 260 - Modern Latin American History and Culture (Cr: 3)
HST 280 - Middle East History (Cr: 3)
HST 301 - Communism, Fascism and Democracy (Cr: 3)
HST 302 - Russia in the 20th Century (Cr: 3)
HST 310 - Economies and Peoples (Cr: 3)
SP 211 - Contemporary Spain (Offered in Spain) (Cr: 3)
SP 307 - Spanish Culture and Civilization (Offered in Spain) (Cr: 3)

Philosophy and Religion


PHL 220 - Ideas, Culture, and Social Thought (Cr: 3)
REL 104 - World Religions (Cr: 3)
REL 245 - Eastern Religions (Cr: 3)
REL 255 - Western Religious Thought (Cr: 3)
REL 270 - Introduction to Islam (Cr: 3)



CJ 350 - Terrorism Studies (Cr: 3)
IST 215 - The New Europe (Cr: 3)
IST 216 - International Conflicts (Cr: 3)
POL 110 - World Politics (Cr: 3)
POL 240 - American Foreign Policy (Cr: 3)
POL 320 - Comparative Political Models (Cr: 3)
POL 380 - Environmental Politics (Cr: 3)
POL 430 - Human Rights (Cr: 3)


Think Globally...

Examples of Recent International Studies Major Internships:

Consulate of Mexico in Boston
Washington Internship Institute
US Fund for UNICEF
Earth Rights Institute
WorldWide Language Resources, Inc.
Office of State Rep. Mary Grant
Amnesty International
Projects Abroad Human Rights Office
American Anti-Slavery Group


Foreign Service
International Aid
Economic Development
Cross-Cultural Training

Download the International Studies Career Sheet for more options and information.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the International Studies program, students will:

Demonstrate knowledge of the cross-disciplinary nature of the field – e.g. the global and comparative dimensions of history, economic systems, cultural norms, art, and literature. 
Demonstrate an understanding of international politics and geopolitics, and their role in world affairs and conflicts.  
Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the disciplines that constitute international studies.
Describe the language and culture of a region of the world that differs from that which students already know.  
Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the international studies discipline.
Make connections between their major and professional opportunities through a variety of internships.

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